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Val Kilmer says he feels ‘a lot better than I sound’ as he discusses using a tracheotomy to speak

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Val Kilmer has opened up about overcoming speaking challenges following his battle with throat cancer.

Kilmer, 60, underwent a tracheotomy as a result of the disease several years ago, and though communication has now become difficult, he insists it’s just like any other challenge has he had to tackle.  

‘I’m doing great. I feel a lot better than I sound,’ Val told Good Morning America in an interview which aired Monday.

'You have to figure out a way to communicate': Val Kilmer has opened up about overcoming speaking challenges following his battle with throat cancer

'You have to figure out a way to communicate': Val Kilmer has opened up about overcoming speaking challenges following his battle with throat cancer

‘You have to figure out a way to communicate’: Val Kilmer has opened up about overcoming speaking challenges following his battle with throat cancer

‘It’s just like any other language or dialect,’ Val explained.

‘You have to figure out a way to communicate that’s no different than any other acting challenge but it’s just a very unique set of circumstances.’

Val previously told the morning show he ‘healed quickly’ from cancer, and now uses the tracheotomy to help him breathe due to the swelling of his throat glands.

Val also discussed working with his daughter Mercedes Kilmer, 28, who is making her big screen debut in the upcoming thriller Paydirt, set for release August 7. 

In good spirits: 'I'm doing great. I feel a lot better than I sound,' Val told Good Morning America in an interview which aired Monday

In good spirits: 'I'm doing great. I feel a lot better than I sound,' Val told Good Morning America in an interview which aired Monday

In good spirits: ‘I’m doing great. I feel a lot better than I sound,’ Val told Good Morning America in an interview which aired Monday

Health update: Val previously told the morning show he 'healed quickly' from cancer, and now uses the tracheotomy to help him breathe due to the swelling of his throat glands

Health update: Val previously told the morning show he 'healed quickly' from cancer, and now uses the tracheotomy to help him breathe due to the swelling of his throat glands

Health update: Val previously told the morning show he ‘healed quickly’ from cancer, and now uses the tracheotomy to help him breathe due to the swelling of his throat glands

The film sees Kilmer play a retired sheriff tracking down a parolee searching for buried money.

Mercedes plays his daughter, Jamie.

Appearing in the interview virtually, Mercedes said she was proud to be in the film as it starred a disability actor – her father.

‘I’m so proud to have been in this film and to have worked on this film like not just because my dad is my actual dad, but because I know you don’t really lead with this but you do have now a disability with your voice, and it really meant a lot to me to be able to be involved in this film that centers a disabled actor, or an actor with a disability.’

Family business: Kilmer stars opposite his daughter Mercedes Kilmer in the upcoming action film, Paydirt

Family business: Kilmer stars opposite his daughter Mercedes Kilmer in the upcoming action film, Paydirt

Family business: Kilmer stars opposite his daughter Mercedes Kilmer in the upcoming action film, Paydirt 

Art imitates life: Mercedes plays Kilmer's daughter Jamie in the film

Art imitates life: Mercedes plays Kilmer's daughter Jamie in the film

Art imitates life: Mercedes plays Kilmer’s daughter Jamie in the film 

Paydirt is just one of numerous films Kilmer will be starring in in the coming years, including the highly-anticipated sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.

Kilmer will be returning to his role of Iceman, but declined to share any details about the film during his GMA interview.

‘All I can tell you about the film is that my hair is not the same length,’ Kilmer said. ‘Iceman has not become Ice Monk.’

On top of his movie career, Kilmer has been back in the spotlight this last year with the release of his memoir, I’m Your Huckleberry, where he details his battle with cancer.

'It really meant a lot to me': Mercedes was proud to be working on a film starring a disabled actor - her father

'It really meant a lot to me': Mercedes was proud to be working on a film starring a disabled actor - her father

‘It really meant a lot to me’: Mercedes was proud to be working on a film starring a disabled actor – her father

The Batman actor found himself single and out of money from losing land investments in 2015, living in a cottage in Malibu with the postman and local burrito man as his best friends.

‘I was a weirdo beach bum and it was bliss – then bliss turned to mayhem. I coughed up coagulated blood. I presumed this was the day of my death’, Kilmer confesses in his memoir that chronicles his lost loves and lifelong spiritual journey.

Kilmer describes how he called for an ambulance and crawled up the wooden stairs from his guesthouse to the Pacific Coast Highway so the ambulance could find him.

Family affair: Mercedes is the daughter of the Top Gun actor and his ex-wife Joanne Whalley

Family affair: Mercedes is the daughter of the Top Gun actor and his ex-wife Joanne Whalley

Family affair: Mercedes is the daughter of the Top Gun actor and his ex-wife Joanne Whalley

He woke up in a Santa Monica hospital after an emergency tracheotomy for throat cancer.

His old lover Cher had him transferred to David Geffen’s School of Medicine at UCLA where he underwent chemo and radiation over a two-month stay. 

A lifelong Christian Scientist following the beliefs of both of his parents, Kilmer wrote: ‘I do not deny miraculous healing’, Kilmer writes.

Reflecting on the cancer that had caused his tongue to swell and block his lymph passages, requiring two tracheotomies, Kilmer said: ‘The cancer miraculously healed much faster than any of the doctors predicted’.

Now when he talks, he has to put a finger to the aperture in his throat to be understood. 

Open book: On top of his movie career, Kilmer has been back in the spotlight this last year with the release of his memoir, I'm Your Huckleberry, where he details his battle with cancer

Open book: On top of his movie career, Kilmer has been back in the spotlight this last year with the release of his memoir, I'm Your Huckleberry, where he details his battle with cancer

Open book: On top of his movie career, Kilmer has been back in the spotlight this last year with the release of his memoir, I’m Your Huckleberry, where he details his battle with cancer

That's cool! Kilmer will be returning to his beloved role of Iceman in the upcoming Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick (pictured 1986)

That's cool! Kilmer will be returning to his beloved role of Iceman in the upcoming Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick (pictured 1986)

That’s cool! Kilmer will be returning to his beloved role of Iceman in the upcoming Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick (pictured 1986)

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Today co-anchor Craig Melvin surprises ‘overlooked’ school with free laptops and internet access 

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Students and teachers across the U.S. are trying to navigate the new normal of virtual and hybrid learning amid the coronavirus pandemic and, unfortunately, not all are equipped to handle the changes. 

Today co-anchor Craig Melvin stepped in to help out one such group of students in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and joined DailyMailTV’s Thomas Roberts exclusively on Friday to talk about the big surprise.

The 41-year-old broadcaster partnered with Dell and NBC’s parent company, Comcast, to outfit teens from the underserved school district with new tech equipment and internet access.

Doing good: Today co-anchor Craig Melvin stepped in to help an 'overlooked' school district in McKeesport, Pennsylvania and joined DailyMailTV's Thomas Roberts exclusively on Friday to talk about donating laptops and internet access to the students

Doing good: Today co-anchor Craig Melvin stepped in to help an 'overlooked' school district in McKeesport, Pennsylvania and joined DailyMailTV's Thomas Roberts exclusively on Friday to talk about donating laptops and internet access to the students

Doing good: Today co-anchor Craig Melvin stepped in to help an ‘overlooked’ school district in McKeesport, Pennsylvania and joined DailyMailTV’s Thomas Roberts exclusively on Friday to talk about donating laptops and internet access to the students

‘This is one of those schools in one of those school districts that’s often been overlooked,’ Craig explained. ‘And, a number of students there have been on the frontlines, if you will, in this fight against COVID-19.’ 

In McKeesport, 65% of students live below the poverty line and the city is one of the most dangerous in the country. 

According to superintendent Mark Holtzman, over 50% of students enrolled in the high school were also working jobs in essential services. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, the school was forced to shut its doors which meant losing contact with many students who didn’t have computers or even internet access. Virtual learning was nearly impossible.

'This is one of those schools in one of those school districts that's often been overlooked,' Craig explained. 'And, a number of students here have been on the frontlines, if you will, in this fight against COVID-19.'

'This is one of those schools in one of those school districts that's often been overlooked,' Craig explained. 'And, a number of students here have been on the frontlines, if you will, in this fight against COVID-19.'

‘This is one of those schools in one of those school districts that’s often been overlooked,’ Craig explained. ‘And, a number of students here have been on the frontlines, if you will, in this fight against COVID-19.’

Underserved: In McKeesport, 65% of students live below the poverty line, the city is one of the most dangerous in the country and, according to school superintendent Mark Holtzman, over 50% of students were also working in essential services

Underserved: In McKeesport, 65% of students live below the poverty line, the city is one of the most dangerous in the country and, according to school superintendent Mark Holtzman, over 50% of students were also working in essential services

Underserved: In McKeesport, 65% of students live below the poverty line, the city is one of the most dangerous in the country and, according to school superintendent Mark Holtzman, over 50% of students were also working in essential services

‘It was like a nightmare,’ Holtzman told Today. The superintendent went on to say that the education of the students was forced to the back burner at the start of the crisis as he tried to figure out whether or not the children’s basic needs were being met at home.

‘When we heard about the fact that they were lacking adequate internet access and also lacking just the devices to get online and to do the remote learning we thought “Oh, here is an opportunity to do some good,”‘ Melvin told DailyMailTV. 

To reveal the big donation, Melvin traveled to Pennsylvania and got students together outside on the football field at McKeesport Area High School.

'When we heard about the fact that they were lacking adequate internet access and also lacking just the devices to get online and to do the remote learning we thought "Oh, here is an opportunity to do some good,"' Melvin told DailyMailTV.

'When we heard about the fact that they were lacking adequate internet access and also lacking just the devices to get online and to do the remote learning we thought "Oh, here is an opportunity to do some good,"' Melvin told DailyMailTV.

‘When we heard about the fact that they were lacking adequate internet access and also lacking just the devices to get online and to do the remote learning we thought “Oh, here is an opportunity to do some good,”‘ Melvin told DailyMailTV.

Incredible! Every single student and teacher of McKeesport Area High School and the middle school next door will be provided with their own laptop - which they can keep for years to come - as well as a year of free internet access provided by NBC's parent company, Comcast

Incredible! Every single student and teacher of McKeesport Area High School and the middle school next door will be provided with their own laptop - which they can keep for years to come - as well as a year of free internet access provided by NBC's parent company, Comcast

Incredible! Every single student and teacher of McKeesport Area High School and the middle school next door will be provided with their own laptop – which they can keep for years to come – as well as a year of free internet access provided by NBC’s parent company, Comcast

The big reveal: When the high schoolers saw the boxes of laptops they went berserk with joy and excitement

The big reveal: When the high schoolers saw the boxes of laptops they went berserk with joy and excitement

The big reveal: When the high schoolers saw the boxes of laptops they went berserk with joy and excitement

Surrounded by mask-wearing cheerleaders and students, along with a giant balloon arch, Craig unveiled a truck full of Dell laptops. 

Understandably, The students went bananas – jumping up and down, hugging each other and screaming out in thanks. 

Every single student and teacher of McKeesport Area High School and the middle school next door will be provided with their own laptop – which they can keep for years to come – as well as a year of free internet access provided by NBC’s parent company, Comcast. 

‘Finally the kids get a break and get what they deserve,’ the superintendent said. 

'Finally the kids get a break and get what they deserve,' the superintendent said.

'Finally the kids get a break and get what they deserve,' the superintendent said.

‘Finally the kids get a break and get what they deserve,’ the superintendent said.

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Nicola Hughes is ENGAGED! Former Made In Chelsea star’s boyfriend of three years pops the question

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Former Made In Chelsea star Nicola Hughes has revealed she is engaged to her boyfriend of three years Charlie Tupper. 

The Irish beauty, 29, made the announcement on Instagram on Friday, sharing a sweet picture with her beau with the caption ‘without a doubt’ along with a ring emoji.

The pair were enjoying a loved-up couple’s holiday in Ibiza when business owner Charlie popped the question.

Exciting news: Former Made In Chelsea star Nicola Hughes has revealed she is engaged to her boyfriend of three years Charlie Tupper

Exciting news: Former Made In Chelsea star Nicola Hughes has revealed she is engaged to her boyfriend of three years Charlie Tupper

Exciting news: Former Made In Chelsea star Nicola Hughes has revealed she is engaged to her boyfriend of three years Charlie Tupper

Sweet: The Irish beauty, 29, made the announcement on Instagram on Friday, sharing a sweet picture with her beau with the caption 'without a doubt' along with a ring emoji

Sweet: The Irish beauty, 29, made the announcement on Instagram on Friday, sharing a sweet picture with her beau with the caption 'without a doubt' along with a ring emoji

Sweet: The Irish beauty, 29, made the announcement on Instagram on Friday, sharing a sweet picture with her beau with the caption ‘without a doubt’ along with a ring emoji

Charlie also shared the engagement snap on his social media with the caption ‘You had me at hello’. 

Nicola’s reality star friends were quick to congratulate her on the exciting news with former cast member Tiffany Watson writing: ‘SO happy! Best news!’ under her post. 

Meanwhile Vicky Pattinson commented ‘Congrats you beautiful girl’ while Lottie Tomlinson wrote ‘Congratulations’ along with a love heart.

Loved-up: The pair were enjoying a loved up couple's holiday in Ibiza when business owner Charlie popped the question

Loved-up: The pair were enjoying a loved up couple's holiday in Ibiza when business owner Charlie popped the question

Loved-up: The pair were enjoying a loved up couple’s holiday in Ibiza when business owner Charlie popped the question

Nicola quit Made In Chelsea at the end of 2016 after more than a year on the show, following the breakdown of her romance with Alex Mytton.  

The former couple were an item for two years, after meeting in August 2014 while he was DJing in Ireland.

However, Nicola, who was once romantically linked to Cheryl’s ex-husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, was left heartbroken when he ended their romance via text, while she was enjoying a family holiday in Florence, Italy. 

Cute: Nicola regularly shares sweet pictures with her beau Charlie on her social media since they started dating

Cute: Nicola regularly shares sweet pictures with her beau Charlie on her social media since they started dating

Cute: Nicola regularly shares sweet pictures with her beau Charlie on her social media since they started dating 

Happy: Nicola discussed her blossoming romance with Charlie in an interview with The Irish Independent two years ago, saying 'He's a very normal guy. He's a lovely guy'

Happy: Nicola discussed her blossoming romance with Charlie in an interview with The Irish Independent two years ago, saying 'He's a very normal guy. He's a lovely guy'

Happy: Nicola discussed her blossoming romance with Charlie in an interview with The Irish Independent two years ago, saying ‘He’s a very normal guy. He’s a lovely guy’

Speaking to Hot Press magazine in 2018, Nicola said of their split: ‘He cheated on me and it all kind of went spiralling downwards. Oh, God, I was devastated. Absolutely. I’ve had counselling about it.

‘In extreme cases, when I broke up with my ex, I took tablets to calm me down. Or if I’m travelling I take some stuff to calm me down. I’m a really bad traveller – planes, tubes, sometimes in taxis. I don’t like being in any confined space.

‘I go to events regularly and they can make me panicky because I’m surrounded by loads of people. So, it’s weird the job I do because I do suffer from that really badly.’ 

Quality time: Charlie owns a recruitment company in the city and Nicola was a regular on E4 reality series Made In Chelsea

Quality time: Charlie owns a recruitment company in the city and Nicola was a regular on E4 reality series Made In Chelsea

Quality time: Charlie owns a recruitment company in the city and Nicola was a regular on E4 reality series Made In Chelsea

Nicola discussed her blossoming romance with Charlie in an interview with The Irish Independent two years ago, saying ‘Charlie isn’t in the reality world. 

‘He’s a very normal guy. He has a recruitment company in the city. He’s a lovely guy,’ she said.

‘We’ve been going out for nearly nine months now, I think. We met through Alex. I was dating him after Alex and then we stopped for a while, but now we’ve started again. It’s very nice.’

Exes: Nicola quit Made In Chelsea at the end of 2016 after more than a year on the show, following the breakdown of her romance with Alex Mytton (pictured together in 2016)

Exes: Nicola quit Made In Chelsea at the end of 2016 after more than a year on the show, following the breakdown of her romance with Alex Mytton (pictured together in 2016)

Exes: Nicola quit Made In Chelsea at the end of 2016 after more than a year on the show, following the breakdown of her romance with Alex Mytton (pictured together in 2016)

Awkward: Speaking to Hot Press magazine in 2018, Nicola said of her split with Alex: 'He cheated on me and it all kind of went spiralling downwards'. They are pictured together on Made In Chelsea

Awkward: Speaking to Hot Press magazine in 2018, Nicola said of her split with Alex: 'He cheated on me and it all kind of went spiralling downwards'. They are pictured together on Made In Chelsea

Awkward: Speaking to Hot Press magazine in 2018, Nicola said of her split with Alex: ‘He cheated on me and it all kind of went spiralling downwards’. They are pictured together on Made In Chelsea

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Bebe Rexha seals her relationship with a kiss confirming romance with Keyan Safyari on his birthday

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Bebe Rexha is proving her love life is not ‘a mess’ like she has sung about in the past. 

The Brooklyn native – who just rang in her 31st birthday a few weeks ago – confirmed on Thursday that she is in a new romance with filmmaker Keyan Safyari as the two were seen sharing a passionate kiss.

The hitmaker surprised her man with a ride in a Ferrari to celebrate his birthday after they packed on the PDA in her driveway. 

Sealed with a kiss: Bebe Rexha, 31, tenderly kisses her new boyfriend filmmaker Keyan Safyari on Thursday as they celebrated his birthday in a Ferrari

Sealed with a kiss: Bebe Rexha, 31, tenderly kisses her new boyfriend filmmaker Keyan Safyari on Thursday as they celebrated his birthday in a Ferrari

Sealed with a kiss: Bebe Rexha, 31, tenderly kisses her new boyfriend filmmaker Keyan Safyari on Thursday as they celebrated his birthday in a Ferrari 

Bebe could be seen in a pair of snakeskin leggings and a t-shirt as she stood on her tippy toes to kiss her tall, and handsome man. 

The singer was undoubtedly smitten with her beau as she tenderly embraced him while her dog Bear looked on.

Keyan, who is a television and commercial cinematographer, was seen decked out for his special day in all black. 

He sported a pair of fitted black jeans and a crisp black button down, throwing on a pair of stylish black suede boots and black sunglasses. 

Birthday suit: Cinematographer Keyan was seen decked out in a chic all black display for his special birthday as he and new flame Bebe prepared to take a spin in a Ferrari

Birthday suit: Cinematographer Keyan was seen decked out in a chic all black display for his special birthday as he and new flame Bebe prepared to take a spin in a Ferrari

Birthday suit: Cinematographer Keyan was seen decked out in a chic all black display for his special birthday as he and new flame Bebe prepared to take a spin in a Ferrari 

Laced up: Bebe emerged from her house in a showstopping lace ensemble that showed her killer cleavage and enviable backside as she prepared for a ride in her luxury sports car with her new man

Laced up: Bebe emerged from her house in a showstopping lace ensemble that showed her killer cleavage and enviable backside as she prepared for a ride in her luxury sports car with her new man

Laced up: Bebe emerged from her house in a showstopping lace ensemble that showed her killer cleavage and enviable backside as she prepared for a ride in her luxury sports car with her new man 

The Call You Mine singer put her killer curves on display as she emerged from her house in a fitted lace set. 

She showcased her enviable backside in a pair of black lace bootcut pants and a pair of pointed black booties.

Revealing cleavage and a splash of midriff on top, she styled her blonde locks into a spunky half up half down do. 

Bebe made sure to keep herself protected in a matching black face mask, throwing on a pair of oversized sunglasses as she prepared to be whisked away in the luxury sports car. 

Cruising: Bebe and her boyfriend took a grey Ferrari out for a spin, stopping at a smoke shop along the way

Cruising: Bebe and her boyfriend took a grey Ferrari out for a spin, stopping at a smoke shop along the way

Cruising: Bebe and her boyfriend took a grey Ferrari out for a spin, stopping at a smoke shop along the way

With Safyari behind the wheel, Bebe documented their day cruising with the top down as the pair stopped at a smoke shop along the way. 

Later in the day she posted a snap of the two to her Instagram story as she wished her new love a happy birthday. 

Posing on the Ferrari after their joy ride, she captioned the snap, ‘Happy birthday baby,’ as she seductively leaned in for a kiss. 

Protecting his privacy, she opted to cover his face with a blue heart sticker as he held her close.  

New man: Bebe wished her new man a happy birthday on her Instagram story though she chose to cover his face with a blue heart sticker to respect his privacy

New man: Bebe wished her new man a happy birthday on her Instagram story though she chose to cover his face with a blue heart sticker to respect his privacy

New man: Bebe wished her new man a happy birthday on her Instagram story though she chose to cover his face with a blue heart sticker to respect his privacy

The rumored couple were first spotted out together in March during an outing at Delilah before pictures of them getting increasingly cozy began to surface in July.   

Rexha has claimed publicly that her last relationship ended in 2015 after saying she was not ‘one to throw her heart around.’

Talking to Health in May 2019, Rexha spoke out about her sexual fluidity, revealing, ‘I just want to find someone I love and who loves me—and I don’t care if that’s a boy or a girl.’ 

Five years later it appears as if she has found her happy ending though she admits to being incredibly guarded.

Guarded: Though in the public eye, Rexha has revealed numerous times that she is incredibly guarded when it comes to matters of the heart

Guarded: Though in the public eye, Rexha has revealed numerous times that she is incredibly guarded when it comes to matters of the heart

Guarded: Though in the public eye, Rexha has revealed numerous times that she is incredibly guarded when it comes to matters of the heart

Recently Bebe performed at the Sound of Beirut festival, a virtual concert to give back to the city after the devastating August 4th explosion in Lebanon. 

On her birthday, the singer took to the virtual VMA stage to present Video of the Year to the Weeknd for his song Blinding Lights. 

When it comes to new music she shared on social media that she would not be releasing her new music until ‘the world is in a better place.’

‘I can not wait for you to hear it. It’s just that we don’t feel like it’s right to release an album during these times’ she told her fans.  

New music: The singer has revealed that she will not be releasing new music until 'the world is in a better place'; pictured at the VMAS in August

New music: The singer has revealed that she will not be releasing new music until 'the world is in a better place'; pictured at the VMAS in August

New music: The singer has revealed that she will not be releasing new music until ‘the world is in a better place’; pictured at the VMAS in August

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